Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Greetings From The Inner Circle

Inner Circle Avenue are a 4-piece from Michigan and are comprised of three siblings (two brothers and one sister), with a friend brought in to complete the band, they are: Logan Alexander (vocals/guitar), Eric Alexander (bass), Allison Alexander (drums), Stephen Fabec (backing vocals/keyboard/guitar).

They have released a 6-song EP entitled Greetings From The Inner Circle and have one music video from the album for the song ‘Goin’ Nowhere Fast’, and are already back in the studio recording a full-length album!

Offering a blend of out and out rock, they are clearly influenced by bands such as Green Day, but do maintain a degree of self-identity. ‘Goin’ Nowhere Fast’ is counted in the old fashioned way by Allison and then hits a very Green Day/Muse pattern of staccato riff and vocals.

‘Main Attraction’ is better. Allison is on vocals (at least I assume so as their sites only list her as ‘drums’, but there is no information to suggest it is not her) and gives the band more individuality – this is my favourite of the six tracks. Although it doesn’t stray far from the template, it has a catchiness to it. Although if they do this live, how she will be able to sing while drumming up a storm is beyond me.

‘Rewind’ brings acoustic guitar into play before hitting an electric pattern that is great. ‘What Could Have Been’ is a song which is almost punk in its approach. Vocally it is a duet which has an inexplicable attraction. A punk-pop song of a high calibre.

‘Big Dipper Boy’ has a tasty bass intro before it falls into the Green Day template. In saying that, the female vocals always lift it above a clone. ‘Need More Time’ is back to an acoustic intro and keeps a slow pace and is punctuated by some nice electric guitar between the vocal lines and also includes a great solo.

So if you like the Green Day, Muse type of approach to rock I can virtually guarantee you will love this. In fact, I would rather listen to Inner Circle Avenue than the aforementioned.

Tom Dixon
North East born, South West domiciled music lover - mainly heavy rock & blues but not averse to other genres. I'm fortunate to have retired early & I can now take full advantage of the 40+ years I have spent collecting, listening, watching & playing (badly) & have enjoyed researching how blues in particular has shaped the music we know & love today. Now if only I could get my Strat & Musicman to sound in reality how they do in my head!

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